Two friends from two different worlds met at the Palace Friday when Yanomami leader Davi Kopenawa from Brazil made a return visit to King Harald.
The secret was that the king was visiting the Indian village Demini in Brazil for four days in April. There, he fell asleep in the hammock and took part in the Yanomami life.
Now it is Davi Kopenawa who have taken the long journey to Oslo, at the invitation of the Rainforest Foundation.
Indian leader says he saw that King Harald had been genuinely interested in learning about his people .
- It means a lot that the government of my country will see that another head of state defies half the globe to visit an indigenous people, when they do not, says Yanomami leaderto the news agency NTB.
- Authorities in Brazil are afraid of us. They think we will shoot at them with bows and arrows. This was a step to prove that it is true, he adds.
Davi Kopenawa working for indigenous peoples the right to preserve their culture and the forest the y live in and off. There is a fierce battle against both politicians and companies that want to extract minerals, oil and gas in resource-rich Amazon.
Source: NTB scanpix / Photo Scanpix / Norway Today